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Prescription for the Planet: The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises Paperback – Large Print, September 16, 2008
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Those policymakers who sound the alarm over these issues and declare sweeping goals like energy independence and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are hailed for their bold vision, yet none of them have offered a viable plan to reach those goals. But wishing will not make it so. We need real solutions, and we need them now.
Prescription for the Planet provides a roadmap to the post-scarcity era. It explains in clear and straightforward prose how three little-known technologies can be employed in a wondrous synergy to neutralize many of the most pressing dilemmas of our time. And unlike those who warn how painful their partial remedies will be, the way forward will not only be painless but will result in an improvement in the standard of living for everyone on the planet. From limitless and economical clean energy supplies to cheap zero-emission fuel for vehicles to recycling solutions that recover virtually everything without any extra effort on the part of individuals, Prescription for the Planet points the way to a future of almost unbelievable possibility. This is a call to transform the planet through a global energy and environmental revolution. You are cordially invited to participate.
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Blees' book has turned many of my assumptions upside down and so anyone who shares these assumptions needs to read this book and come to terms with the implications of Blees' excellent arguments. To wit: the nuclear power provided by Integral Fast Reactors (IFR) can provide clean, safe and for all practical purposes renewable power for a growing economy provided this power is properly regulated (I'll return to this issue below).Read more ›
The author (who isn't even a nuclear engineer ) asserts that solving our planet's most pressing dilemmas requires more than simply setting goals (Which we never even come close to meeting anyway - who was the first/last president (Nixon/Obama) that proclaimed that we needed to use less foreign oil and become energy independent?). Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. A side benefit would be that if his prescription eliminates scarcity, then the incentive for warfare will be eliminated!
The author gores a few oxen along the way (which makes it more entertaining) yet does it in a way that keeps the reader focused on the main message. His writing style is a true pleasure to read.
Mark L Miller
We only have two kinds of problems in the world. Problems caused by people with bad personalities.
And Problems solved by energy being too expensive and polluting. The latter group is solvable.
Blees shows how one technology can make energy cheap enough to open up the economy to include all people in the middle class lifestyle, without bad effects on the planet.
That part of the book made me very angry at Washington and the stupid games played there. Big thanks to Bill Clinton and John Kerry for setting us back 25 years. Thanks, guys. And I love the fact it cost more to disassemble the IFR program than it would have to complete it. That is just.... sickening.
Who could be against a nuclear program that is a) extremely safe and not capable of a Three Mile Island style meltdown, b) would use our NUCLEAR WASTE FOR FUEL, and c) is capable of creating it's own fuel creating an unlimited fuel source?
But I digress.
I had previously read about the plasma technology to consume trash and waste a few years ago and am glad to hear it slowly, finally starting to get implemented. No more landfills! No dangerous medical waste floating in the ocean! A generator of power and fuel from trash. I do not understand why these are not implemented in every major city on the planet.
I won't touch all the topics but this is a good book and everyone should read it. Brew some coffee though. While Blees tries to keep it going and has a dry sense of humor, it sometimes delves into technical points that can inspire a nap. Maybe that's just me though...
5 stars! If you care about the planet, you must read. If you are of an "Anti-Nuclear" stance, you must read.
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Out of date. Needs to include review of Japanese disaster. I am always suspicious of people who have simple solutions to complex problems.Published 14 months ago by Arthur A. Edwards
Blees has done some great work here.
Between advanced fission reactors, boron powered cars, and plasma torches that can gasify household trash into useful energy, he... Read more
Enjoyed reading a new perspective on energy remedies. It provided good clear thinking and alternative solutions to the nuclear waste fiascos.Published on June 24, 2013 by Kate Colby
Tom Blees does a good job explaining and advocating for technologies that would produce prodigious quantities of energy, recycle materials (plasma converters), and decrease... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
When I first read the title of this book, I thought it lacked sufficient punch and wondered if the book would be dry and fail to keep my attention. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Scott Arnold
My reaction to Tom Blees was:
"Thank you for writing your book! Wow! And Bravo!
So many good ideas and such a long list of gored oxen all in one book! Read more
Great book, well written and researched, I love it.
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I agree that the technologies described are very promising and merit serious consideration by the US. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by George D. Smith
This author comes across as arrogant, sneering and denigrating of other people, ideas and technologies. This makes the book very difficult to read. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Olive